By Hale McGranahan.
With his Clemson official visit now in the books, defensive line commitment Sterling Johnson will now turn his focus to the Under Armour All-American game.
The three-star from Cleveland High School in Clayton, North Carolina spoke with TheClemsonInsider on Sunday afternoon, shortly after he wrapped up his weekend in Tigertown.
“It was real fun. It was real enjoyable to spend time with all the coaches and other early enrollees and Christian Wilkins,” Johnson said.
What stood out?
“Basically just how everybody that was there treated each other like family, like they’ve known each other for years.”
Carlos Watkins served as his player host for the weekend.
“He just told me that he was going to look out for me whenever I get on campus, things like that,” Johnson said.
What was the coaches’ message?
“They were just saying (to) be ready to work whenever I get on campus, to keep doing what I’m doing and be ready to make an impact.”
Does he think Clemson has a shot at Wilkins?
“I’ve heard what some of his top schools were and we were one of them. Basically, if you take an official visit, considering you only get five, but if you take an official visit somewhere, you’re heavily considering them.”
In a few weeks, they’ll be reunited in Florida, along with some of the country’s other top high school prospects.
“I have the Under Armour game, so I’m going to be working out at the school for that now that our season is over,” Johnson said. “I’m just trying to go down there and show everybody how good I am.”
Johnson finished his senior season with 90 tackles, 50 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, seven blocked kicks and three forced fumbles.